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Skyview Academy Students Earn Accolades At Denver Metro Regional Science And Engineering Fair

Tuesday, March 7, 2017  
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Highlands Ranch, CO – March 3, 2017— SkyView Academy’s high school program, now in its 5th year, continues to bring fierce competition to the annual Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DMRSEF), which was held at the University of Colorado Denver February 17-18. The 54th Annual DMRSEF draws student talent in grades 6 - 12 from the eight-county Denver metropolitan area and is one of 13 International Science and Engineering Fair regions in the state that feed to the Colorado State Science Fair (CSEF). From there, the Denver Fair sends three projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA May 14 - 19 to compete in 20 different categories.

This year, 29 SkyView students participated in the Fair with a record number of 13 students moving on to the State Fair held April 6-8 at Colorado State University. The 29 students won 30 total prizes with 2 winning overall prizes including one student who is already qualified for the all-expenses-paid trip to the International Fair in Los Angeles this May.  


“I think our program in project-based learning has really hit its stride,” said SVA Science Department head Tim Smith. “The kids did everything from multivariate analysis of brain scan data to nanowire creation to surveys of patterns of antibiotic resistance. We even had our first patent application. I could not be more proud of our kids and what they have accomplished.”


Special Award Winners

Freshman Jenna Stainbrook: Kris Wenzel Award
Freshman Matthew Buckman: ASM Materials Education award, Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority award, Regeneron Talent Search Award, Stockholm Water Award, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association Award
Freshman Joe Vahle: Genius Award, ASU Walton Sustainability Award
Freshman Grace Holm: American Psychological Association

Students Advancing to the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair and special awards:
Sophomores Daniel Orbidan and Ethan Simpson: 1st place Energy
Freshman Peyton Leyendecker: 1st place Materials Sciences, Kris Wentzel Award
Sophomore Scott Clousing: 1st place Physics
Freshman Ibrohim Nisarov: 1st place Behavioral Sciences, the Neuroscience Award, the American Statistical Association Award, the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Statistical Association Award
Freshman Anand Chundi and Junior Riley Russel:  2nd place Animal Sciences
Sophomore Kary Pileggi: 2nd place Plant Sciences
Juniors Alex Rivera and McKinley Dirks:  2nd place Earth and Environmental Sciences
Sophomore Aliya Godoy: 2nd place Materials Science

Denver Overall Winners and State Qualifier:
8th grader Erin Smith: 2nd place Denver Overall Junior Division; 1st place Microbiology, Broadcom Masters Nominee
Freshman Gabbi Barreto: International ISEF Qualifier, 2nd place Overall Winner Sr. Division, State Qualifier, 1st place Earth and Environmental Sciences, Genius Award, Colorado Soil and Water Conservation Award, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association Award


About SkyView Academy

Located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, SkyView Academy is a tuition free* PK-12 public charter school offering a research-based, content-rich, liberal arts program with a commitment to foreign language studies, character education, and community service. Founded in 2010, SkyView serves 1,375 PK-12 students. Our PK-8th grade Core Knowledge scope and sequence partners well with our 9-12th grade Classical College Preparatory approach to help prepare students for college and life. Faculty, staff, parents, and students are actively involved in a culture of high expectation and support where individuals are respected, valued and known by the content of their character. In building life-long leaders and honorable learners, our approach fits the desires of our scholars, thespians and 3A Metro League athletes who all compete and prepare for rigorous challenges in our state-of-the-art facilities. For more information on SkyView Academy Charter School or how to enroll your child, please visit SkyView Academy’s website at  


*SkyView Academy charges tuition for its full-day kindergarten and preschool programs.

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